International Student Information

You should submit an international online application if:

  • you are NOT a citizen of the United States
  • you are NOT a permanent resident, asylee or refugee of the United States
  • you do NOT have your residency approved by the Residency Classification Office

The University of Arizona's International Student Admission Standards are found here.


International students cannot register for classes until they attend the International Student Orientation which has not yet been scheduled for the spring semester.

STEM: Our degrees are classified as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs. STEM is a Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) designation.  GIS and cartography are STEM code 45.0702. CIP provides a taxonomic scheme for accurate tracking and reporting by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ( A CIP code classification has an impact on immigration benefits and is therefore important to international students. When international students in F1 status graduate from a GIST program, they can apply for employment benefit (Optional Practical Training or "OPT") for up to 12 months. Following a year of employment, this benefit may be extended for an additional 17 months give the STEM designation. For further information, please read the attached document.


Undergraduate Students

Information and the steps to apply for an undergraduate degree are available through the Univesity of Arizona Office of Admissions. Visit that page by clicking here.


Graduate Students

You must have a Bacherlor's degree to apply for a master's level program.  Application Date: International graduate students should apply by October 1 to allow time for your visas to be processed. International students must apply by October 1st as that is the deadline for a Spring semester start. MS-GIST only offers Spring semester admissions for international studens.  

  • We will contact you by November to confirm that you plan to enroll in courses.
  • We will make sure that all qualified students who have obtained a visa are able to enroll in their classes.

More information about Graduate International Students can be found in this page: Graduate College International Students

For more information, contact:

International Student Services
University of Arizona
915 North Tyndall Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85721


*This is not a legal document and further consultation should be made with the University of Arizona’s International Student Services to better understand immigration issues as they relate to CIP codes and STEM classification.